Welcome to the blog
Hey there! My name is Maria and I am a college student studying Vocal Music Education. I am taking an honors class this semester called Surviving the Apocalypse that connects apocalyptic fiction novels to the Covid-19 pandemic and nonfiction writing on zoonotic pathogens. One of our course requirements is to create a blog and write reflections on our assigned readings. Dystopian Discussions is a 6-part blogpost series in which I will write about popular books about an apocalypse by well-known authors. Join me as we explore the fictional (or maybe not so fictional) world of dystopias and utopias.
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Dystopian Discussions // 01.28.2020
Our first novel in the Dystopian Discussion series is the second book in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. The narrative takes the perspective of two women, Toby and Ren, as they experience life in an environmentalist Christian cult and survive a global apocalypse. Atwood chooses to end the world with a…pandemic! Take a deep breath to recover from any Covid-19 PTSD (which, thankfully, has not wiped out the entire population of earth) and let’s get into the discussion.
The Year of the Flood was not the easiest novel to read...
Maria Herman is a junior in college studying Music Education. Taking a class on apocalyptic literature inspired her to start this blog. Whenever she gets a break from music school or working at Chick-fil-A, you will find her cooking a new paleo recipe, on the mat doing yoga, or snuggling up with a book.